Quirky Attraction: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

spoonbridge and cherry

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Location: Minneapolis, MN (725 Vineland Pl.)
When to visit: Officially open 6 am – midnight
Cost: Free to walk through (street parking is also free for up to 1 hour)
Time needed to enjoy: 15-30 minutes
Website: walkerart.org/visit/garden/

That giant spoon in Minneapolis is part of a larger sculpture garden you can visit for free. The centerpiece of the garden is “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” an aluminum and stainless steel piece created in 1988 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

One of the things I never realized from looking at pictures of the spoon and cherry is that the top of the cherry is actually a fountain. You can see the stream of water shooting out when you look at the sculpture up close.

spoonbridge cherry fountain

This is my favorite sculpture because it’s so freaky. “Without Words” by Judith Shea. It consists of a raincoat, a dress, and a partial face. I don’t have a clue what it means, but isn’t it so artsy?

without words judith shea

There’s plenty more to see as you stroll around the 11-acre grounds. It’s definitely worth a quick detour if you’re in the Twin Cities.

garden art

sculpture garden red piece

sculpture garden from above

The Cowles Conservatory is right next door and is also free. If you haven’t gotten your fill of art from the garden, head across the street to the Walker Art Center, which costs $12.

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    1. I always wonder about the motivation when artists make a piece like that. I figure if it’s too abstract for me to understand, then it must be genius!

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